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A Wholesome Salad

 A salad that satisfies your body and mind!

People often think of a salad as an appetizer, diet food or something that won’t fill them up for longer than an hour. This isn’t always the case. With a little planning you can make a nutritious salad that will satisfy your taste buds and keep you feeling full for hours. You don’t even need a recipe!

The key to building a meal-sized salad that won’t break the calorie bank is having about three-quarters of the salad be fresh vegetables and the other quarter protein and a healthy fat. Simply choose your favorite greens as a base and top with veggies, a protein and a healthy fat. Here’s a list of items to help you get started creating hearty, healthy and delicious salads:

Greens: • Spinach • Spring mix • Kale • Lettuce

Vegetables: (It’s best to choose veggies that are in season) • Tomatoes, fresh or sun-dried • Cucumbers • Zucchini or other squash • Mushrooms • Yellow, orange, red, or green bell peppers • Cabbage, sliced • Carrots • Beets, roasted or boiled • Radishes • Sweet corn • Sweet potatoes, roasted or steamed • Peas • Onion • Artichoke hearts • Roasted red peppers. 

Protein: • Lean cuts of grilled or baked meat – chicken, turkey or beef • Shrimp, crab meat, scallops or other seafood • Salmon, tuna or other fish • Tofu, plain or cooked • Beans – black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans • Crumbled veggie burger • Hard boiled eggs • Cottage cheese • Low-fat cheese • Healthy Fats: • Avocado • Nuts (I like almonds, walnuts and pine nuts) • Sunflower seeds • Sesame seeds • Olive oil based dressings • Flax seed oil or ground flax seeds  • Olive oil (and vinegar) • Olives Other Notes: • Don’t drench your salad in dressing. If the salad ingredients are fresh and in season they’re often very flavorful on their own. •

Throwing leftovers on salads is the best leftover grilled and roasted veggies (straight from the fridge) make great salad toppings. •

Complex carbs are a fun addition as well – wheat berries, whole grain are great options •

Fruits are also a great addition to salads in the summer time – try adding strawberries, blueberries, pears, and figs.

As for preparing the salad, simply toss the ingredients of your choice into a large bowl (or small bowl for a single salad) and enjoy.

You can plan ahead and prep some of the more time-consuming items early. For instance you can chop veggies and cook a pot of beans on Sunday evening so weekday lunches or dinners can be thrown together in a flash.

Have fun trying out the endless number of salad possibilities!

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in health, naturopathy

 

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Lose weight in summers

Some ideas for the best foods that will help you in losing weight during the summers.

The  easiest way to reduce calories from your summer diet, experts say, is to load up on nature’s bounty. Produce is at its peak in summer. Delicious fruits and vegetables abound at farmers’ markets and in your local grocery. Besides being low in calories, produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

 Summer,s Best Weight Loss Food No. 1: Chilled Soups

 Cold soups are very good low-calorie dishes.  Chilled soups like gazpacho or cucumber-dill that contain lots of chunky vegetables are a great way to start a meal.

“Research shows that a low-calorie, broth-based soup at the beginning of the meal will fill you so you eat less at the meal,” says Moores, a St. Paul-based nutrition consultant.

 Summer,s Best Weight Loss Food No. 2: Watermelon

Who doesn’t love diving into a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon when it’s hot outside?

“Half of the watermelon comes from water. …It’s a wonderful way to satisfy thirst and a yen for something sweet,” says Moores.

Summer’s Best Weight Loss Food No. 3: Grilled Veggies

For registered dietitian Dawn Jackson, a plate of grilled vegetables is a summertime must-have. She recommends keeping a plate of grilled onions, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, asparagus, and garlic in your fridge. You can use them to make dishes like:

  1. Grilled vegetable and goat cheese salads
  2. Grilled vegetable pitas
  3. Grilled vegetable, ricotta, and fresh herb pasta                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As a bonus, you can forget about portion control when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, Moores says                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Go for it, because it is hard to do much damage to your waistline with these super-nutritious edibles,” says Moores                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Happy Summers 🙂
 
 

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